Around 1875 — May 20, 1935
On December 6, 1922, at the King William’s Town magistrate’s court, the prophetess Nontetha Nkwenkwe was committed to Fort Beaufort mental hospital for "medical observation" as hundreds of her followers sang hymns outside. Nkwenkwe had begun having visions and preaching temperance after surviving the 1918 flu epidemic. Authorities feared her growing popularity would threaten white rule and the established churches. After she was moved to Weskoppies hospital in Pretoria two years later, 36 of her followers walked there on a 55-day "pilgrimage of grace". Nkwenkwe died at Weskoppies in 1935. In July 1998 her body was exhumed and returned — via the pilgrims’ route — to her home. The Church of the Prophetess Nontetha survives to this day.
- » ARTIST: Lynnley Watson
- » ADDRESS: Magistrate’s court, Alexandra Street, King William’s Town